Man Utd expresses a ‘cool interest in Antonio Conte’ over the finances needed to hire an ex-Chelsea boss

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The manager of Inter Milan and Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former Chelsea, has been heavily linked to Old Trafford moves amid mounting pressure.

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Antonio Conte is still one the most decorated free agents in football administration, and it’s no surprise that he’s mentioned in connection to big vacancies.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be vacant. Reports link the Italian to Manchester United in the event that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves the Premier League team.

Solskjaer is under fire after three consecutive defeats in four Premier League fixtures. Conte, former Inter Milan boss, has been mentioned in conversations about United’s future plans.

The club has begun to cool on the 52 year-old due to fears about the price tag of moving him to Old Trafford.

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Although United wouldn’t be required to pay Conte’s current employer, it would still cost the club a substantial sum.

As reported first by the Silver Screen Beats, the manager would want a deal worth £18million per year until 2025, with more money needed to be set aside to allow him to bring in his own backroom staff.

Additionally, United would need to compensate Solskjaer’s team if they were to dismiss Solskjaer.

A transfer budget for January or beyond would be necessary to supplement the eye-watering amount required to bring Conte to Old Trafford.

Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation will require new recruits. The current squad is not well-suited for such a setup.

He is still a successful manager, and his title win with Chelsea in 2016-17 proves that. However, Solskjaer could find a way to save his life with the change in direction.

Conte has a recent history of requiring big transfer spending to achieve his targets, adding more than £100m worth of new players ahead of his first Chelsea season and breaking Inter’s transfer record to sign Romelu Lukaku in 2019.

United’s current boss isn’t in a safe place. Other candidates are being considered for the position if necessary.

Solskjaer’s team has only taken one point in their last four league matches. They could be without a win for five games if Tottenham Hotspur does not beat them on Saturday.

Two more tough matches await the former Cardiff City and Molde boss before the November international break. United will face Atalanta in Atalanta’s Champions League away match, followed by Manchester derby at Old Trafford.